Aimer’s “Zankyosanka” spends its sixth consecutive and eighth total week at the top of the Billboard Japan Hot 100, tallying the week ending Feb. 20.
The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba opener ruled four metrics of the chart’s methodology on the chart released on Wednesday (Feb. 23): streaming with 10,619,447 weekly streams, downloads with 23,562 units, video views with 4,439,104 views, and look-ups, which counts the number of times a CD is ripped to a computer. The track also performed well in physical sales (No. 8) and Twitter mentions (No. 31), to maintain its firm grip on the peak position.
Eight weeks at No. 1 catches up to LiSA’s “Homura,” the long-running hit song that served as the opener to the record-breaking anime movie of the same series from 2020, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.
“Zankyosanka” actually performed better in sales, streaming, and karaoke compared to the week before, with CDs selling consistently well each week since it was released about a month ago: 9,186 copies this week, up by about 3,000 copies from 6,004 the previous week, reaching 83,254 total copies and set to clear the 100,000 mark in just a few weeks. Streaming has also increased slightly from 10,147,102 to 10,619,447 streams this week, bringing the total to 98,085,437, just short of 100 million streams.
≠ME’s “Chocolate Melancholy,” the lead song of the group’s third single, sold 69,012 copies in its first week to rule sales this week. The eleven-member girl group — pronounced “not equal me” — couldn’t generate enough points in other metrics (No. 22 for look-ups, No. 17 for Twitter, No. 40 for radio airplay, No. 90 for downloads) and debuts at No. 4 on the Japan Hot 100 this week.
The Billboard Japan Hot 100 combines physical and digital sales, audio streams, radio airplay, Twitter mentions, YouTube and GYAO! video views, Gracenote look-ups and karaoke data.
For the full Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, tallying the week from Feb. 14 to 20, head here.